Char­lotte man found not guilty of mur­der­ing for­mer girl­friend’s tod­dler

The Charlotte Observer - - Front Page - — JOE MARUSAK AND MICHAEL GOR­DON

A Char­lotte man was found not guilty Wed­nes­day of mur­der­ing his for­mer girl­friend’s 17month-old daugh­ter, the Meck­len­burg County Dis­trict At­tor­ney’s Of­fice said in a news re­lease.

Kyie­mani Brewer died in 2013 of mas­sive in­ter­nal in­juries, which a med­i­cal ex­am­iner said were caused by a pow­er­ful blow or blows to her chest.

A judge de­clared a mis­trial in a pre­vi­ous first­de­gree mur­der trial against 26-year-old An­to­nio Fer­nelle Cathey in the tod­dler’s death, ac­cord­ing to the dis­trict at­tor­ney’s of­fice. Wed­nes­day’s ac­quit­tal was a re­trial.

Cathey was the boyfriend of Kyie­mani’s mother, 27-year-old Jade But­ler.

But­ler was charged with be­ing an ac­ces­sory to mur­der and child abuse, but court records show she has yet to be tried.

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